Summit helped entrepreneurs identify opportunities

The founder of IAAE, Andile Khumalo, the host of the day, Hulisani Ravele, and the guest entrepreneur, founder and owner of Gemelli, Alessandro Khojane. PHOTO: IAAE

The I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR (IAAE) summit that took place in Bloemfontein recently had a jam-packed programme that helped the attendees find ways to identify opportunities that could lead to building a successful business.

The summit’s guest entrepreneur, Alessandro Khojane, who is the owner and founder of a well-known and loved restaurant in Gauteng, Gemelli, hails from the City of Roses and he shared his journey of discovering what being an entrepreneur means to him. He also shared how he became a successful restaurant owner over the years.

Hulisani Ravele in conversation with Alessandro Khojane. PHOTO: IAAE

Speaking to the host of the summit, Hulisani Ravele, he said, “Being passionate, working hard and being willing to grind. That’s what being an entrepreneur means to me.” He further stated that as an entrepreneur you need to understand your numbers. “Have a board; people you respect and know what they are doing. A board that has people who have nothing to gain from your success.”

Another exciting part of the summit included a sales masterclass with the founder of IAAE, Andile Khumalo, who shared three business tips to evaluate what a good business idea is.

The founder of IAAE, Andile Khumalo, speaking to a room full of hopeful entrepreneurs during his sales masterclass. PHOTO: IAAE

Speaking to a room full of hopeful entrepreneurs, he said, “A good idea doesn’t mean it’s a good business idea. You need to know if there is a customer that’s willing to pay for it. You need to establish if there is a unique selling proposition.”

The IAAE summit also shared multiple stories of different successful entrepreneurs who identified a business opportunity and decided to take a risk to make it work. If you missed out on the summit, follow IAAE on social media (@IAAESA) for more tips on turning your business idea into a successful venture.

Justine Fortuin